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The Nude Bomb (1980)

PG | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 9 May 1980 (USA)
Maxwell Smart is recalled to duty to help fight a villian who threatens to detonate a weapon that destroys clothing.



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An unknown terrorist has developed a new type of bomb that will destroy clothing, but leave people unharmed. Agent Maxwell Smart (this time without 99 or Hymie) is taken out of retirement and sent back into the field to track down who this madman is and put a stop to his plans. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Release Date:

9 May 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Return of Maxwell Smart  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


Leonard Stern, one of this movie's writers, spoke about Barbara Feldon not appearing in it: "She [Feldon] wasn't desirous of doing the movie. For her, the show was over. 'The Nude Bomb' is something that disadvantaged all of us that were connected with Get Smart (1965). Originally, Arne Sultan, Bill Dana and I had an idea that we found delicious. A couturier, a foppish man with an insane fiendish desire to control the world, not for the power and money but for the idea that he could dress every single individual and become an international name. The Earth would be designed by him. It seemed marvelous if we could get the right flamboyant actor. It was never called 'The Nude Bomb', it was called 'The Return of Maxwell Smart'. Then it got into the hands of people who simply did not want, and I can't explain why, to duplicate the television show. They wanted to do it differently. I kept saying to them, 'Well, why did you buy it? Just leave it alone to rest in its present glory'. It then became a battle of trying to maintain the integrity of 'Smart' but not being welcome on the set. The director [Clive Donner], who was a good director . . . was used to doing intimate films [and] was a strange choice. As was Vittorio Gassman as the flamboyant, possibly homosexual designer." See more »


When Max and Larrabee are driving together, there is no window post ('B pillar') between the front and rear doors, yet the car used for the outside shots has one. See more »


Maxwell Smart: I'm a secret agent. And I am here on a very important mission, Edith. May I call you Edith?
Edith Von Secondberg: I'd like that. Particularly since that's my name. You'll find I answer a lot faster to it than I would if you called me Marion.
Maxwell Smart: I'm going to level with you, Marion... May I call you Marion?
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are based on Don Adams/Maxwell Smart's catch phrase "Would you believe...?" The words literally form the backdrop of the action; at one point "Would you believe a movie called 'The Nude Bomb' could receive a PG rating?" appears; and after Max inadvertently blows up the bad guy, the words "Would you believe a helluva explosion?" appear on screen. See more »


Follows Get Smart (1965) See more »


You're Always There
Sung by Merry Clayton
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by Lalo Schifrin
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26 December 2005 | by (Jacksonville Beach, FL) – See all my reviews

As another IMDb contributor has noted, it seems very strange that Universal wanted to make a Maxwell Smart movie -- in fact, at the time, there was talk of doing a series of Smart movies a la Inspector Clouseau -- and then went out of its way to remove nearly every element that made "Get Smart!" so funny. Nearly all of Don Adams' supporting cast (esp. Barbara Feldon and Edward "Chief" Platt) are absent here, as are rivalling spy agencies CONTROL and KAOS, as well as *any* of the show's writers or producers. Happily (with the exception of the deceased Platt), they'd all get it right nine years later, for the TV-reunion-movie "Get Smart, Again!" Indeed, as of this writing, that movie is the only "Get Smart" item available on DVD; better that than "The Nude Bomb," at least.

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